What to Consider About Memory Care in Ocala
Like much of Florida, Ocala has a large senior population, with over 18 percent of the 59,000 residents aged over 65. The state also has a large number of people with Alzheimer's; it is estimated that 520,000 Floridians have been diagnosed with the disease. Ocala has 10 memory care facilities that offer assistance to people diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, and there are a further seven in nearby communities.
Florida's Bureau of Health Facility Regulation Licenses Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) in the state. ALFs that provide special care to people with dementia must meet special requirements, including additional staffing numbers, specialized, ongoing training and buildings that provide for the safety and welfare of residents.
- Florida has no state income tax, so seniors keep all their retirement income from pensions, Social Security and retirement funds. This means that people with dementia and their families have more money available for memory care.
- Ocala has a high crime rate. On a scale of one to 100, where one is the worst, Ocala is ranked three, and it is less safe than 95 percent of Florida's other towns and cities. When touring a memory care facility, families should consider asking about security to understand how their loved one is being protected.
- Ocala can be hot, and it is humid during the wet season that runs from June to September. The average high temperature in July is around 92 degrees and families should ask how residents are kept comfortable during extreme heat. Temperatures stay warm throughout the year and the average low in January is 44 degrees.
- The Ocala area has no facilities from which to choose in the event of a medical emergency or illness, with the nearest major hospital specializing in brain health and dementia care located in Orlando.
Paying for Memory Care in Ocala
Average Monthly Costs
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Memory Care costs in Ocala start around $4,217 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,723 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care rates in Ocala and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Ocala
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in Florida page.
More Ways to Pay for Memory Care
While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:
- Veterans Benefits
- Life Insurance Policy
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Reverse Mortgage
For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Florida page.
Free Memory Care Resources in Ocala
Ocala and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
Memory Care Facilities in Ocala
Directory of Winners in Ocala Area
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Ocala
Ocala-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Florida are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Florida page for more information about these laws.